Tuesday, 28 July 2015

A powder room, who knew they still existed!

I had never expected to come across a powder room, I didn't realise that they even still existed. Luxury and indulgence in the ladies room is a thing of the past, but one such place still exists! 

I brought along my new compact from Estee Lauder. It is a vintage compact but they still produce the refills. Though quite pricey for the luminescence refills, they fit perfectly and offer that touch of much-deserved glamour throughout the day (the gold ponder puff is also included with the refill) - so well worth every penny.

An even balance of vintage glamour and modern convenience. The perfect combination!

This wash hand basin is a work of art!

Re-applying my lippy, not that it needed to be done, but with a dressing table available, why ever not!

The Rosewood London is a swanky hotel and I was very impressed.

The entrance is hidden from view and offers a sense of anticipation as you make your way inside.

I went for tea on a cloudy afternoon and was delighted by the decor. Everything was wonderfully extravagant! 

I quite shamelessly refilled the sandwiches five times because they were just so very delicious! The roast beef with horse radish in sun dried tomato bread was out of this world!

An exceptional selection of cakes, chocolate truffles, sweets and deserts. And no one complained when I kept refilling my plate! SCORE!!

This is the ceiling of the room we were seated in. Called the Hall of Mirrors, it was like sitting in wonderland!

I wore a simple red wiggle dress and only snapped a quick picture in the lobby because there were too many people around for my liking!
Entire outfit bought from Marks and Spencers, unusual to find nice pieces there, but find them I did last Christmas.

For the Rosewood London I would score as follows-

  1. Mise-en-scène - 5/5 - Truly  magnificent interior, soo much to look at.
  2. Tea - 4/5 - A wide selection of loose leaf teas. The Earl Grey was not the best though.
  3. Scones - 4/5 - The scones were very good, home made with yummy jams.
  4. Service - 4/5 - Friendly staff, though many of them serving so little personal touch.
  5. Value - 5/5 - I ate so much that I definitely got my money's worth!

Total: 22/25 

Definitely my favourite so far, but I have a reservation at The Ritz at the end of August which I'm hoping will exceed expectations!



Friday, 17 July 2015

Panama Hat and River Views

We have been having some glorious weather recently in the UK!
I haven't yet been on a cruise along the river Nile, but I went for lunch on a river boat on the Thames.

In an attempt not to get sun burnt, and look fabulous I have pulled out my Panama hat. I don't think there is a more classically stylish hat than the humble Panama.

I compiled a board of some suave Panama wearers, from classic film and TV. I particularly  like the top left from 'The two faces of January' which was a very good film indeed!

 This is an everyday, casual outfit for me. I like a loose fit, sleeveless shirt when it gets hot. And paired with a straight leg, cream trouser is a comfortable yet stylish look.

A river boat restaurant is a lot of fun! Though it never leaves the dock, it feels like a special outing and is something different.

 View of the London Eye from the boat, just across the river. I could sit and watch the river forever!

 Lazy lunch of steak sandwich and chips, Yum Yum!

Enjoying the summer sunshine on the river, a spectacular way to spend the day!